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The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces
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Tour snapshot
View the highlights and secret treasures of Florence’s Duomo in one tour
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Florence’s Duomo has so many highlights and hidden corners that visiting it independently risks not seeing all its treasures. This all-encompassing tour lays its secrets bare without long waits in line. Enjoy skip-the-line access to tour the interior, visit terraces and rooms closed to the public, and savor the views from the top of Brunelleschi’s dome.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Guided skip-the-line tour with priority access to dome's panoramic views
  • Special access to off-limits rooftop north-side terrace and Circular Room
  • Hear fascinating insight on Brunelleschi's architectural wonder
What to expect
Meet your guide at Florence's Duomo and skip the long lines for a guided cathedral interior tour. Admire high points including the frescoes by Vasari before a brief exterior view of the Baptistery, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower from the Piazza San Giovanni. Continue the tour with a visit to the Crypt of Santa Reparata to view wooden models used by Brunelleschi to build the cathedral’s stunning dome. Then climb the 153 steps to the rooftop north-side terrace, an area usually closed to the general public. Absorb the panoramas here and visit the Circular Room, another area that's usually off-limits. It's replete with 16th-century statues that once graced the Duomo’s facade. The guided part of your tour ends here—enjoy priority access to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome, ascending 310 steps to stand at the top of the cupola for close-ups of the frescoes and 360-degree city views.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Guided skip-the-line tour with priority access to dome's panoramic views
  • Special access to off-limits rooftop north-side terrace and Circular Room
  • Hear fascinating insight on Brunelleschi's architectural wonder
What to expect
Meet your guide at Florence's Duomo and skip the long lines for a guided cathedral interior tour. Admire high points including the frescoes by Vasari before a brief exterior view of the Baptistery, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower from the Piazza San Giovanni. Continue the tour with a visit to the Crypt of Santa Reparata to view wooden models used by Brunelleschi to build the cathedral’s stunning dome. Then climb the 153 steps to the rooftop north-side terrace, an area usually closed to the general public. Absorb the panoramas here and visit the Circular Room, another area that's usually off-limits. It's replete with 16th-century statues that once graced the Duomo’s facade. The guided part of your tour ends here—enjoy priority access to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome, ascending 310 steps to stand at the top of the cupola for close-ups of the frescoes and 360-degree city views.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Skip the line access to Florence Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral and exceptional opening of Duomo North terrace
  • Skip the line and reserved access to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Exclusive access to the central nave
  • 72 hour full-access to Duomo Complex: Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Opera del Duomo Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Entry/Admission - Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Via Camillo Cavour, 12, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy CIAOFLORENCE SALES OFFICE - Ciao Florence Sales Office - Via Cavour, 36 RED
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes are recommended
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note the number of steps to reach the top of each monument: Terraces: 153 - Terraces + Brunelleschi's Dome: 153 + 310 from the Terraces
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Skip the line access to Florence Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral and exceptional opening of Duomo North terrace
  • Skip the line and reserved access to Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Exclusive access to the central nave
  • 72 hour full-access to Duomo Complex: Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Opera del Duomo Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Entry/Admission - Cupola del Brunelleschi
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Via Camillo Cavour, 12, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy CIAOFLORENCE SALES OFFICE - Ciao Florence Sales Office - Via Cavour, 36 RED
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Piazza di San Giovanni, Firenze FI, Italy The tour will end on top of Cathedral secret terraces, in Piazza San Giovanni, Florence (Duomo Square)
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes are recommended
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note the number of steps to reach the top of each monument: Terraces: 153 - Terraces + Brunelleschi's Dome: 153 + 310 from the Terraces
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 18, 2021
A note from The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces
- A safe distance of one meter between clients will be maintained whenever possible. - The use of masks is mandatory. Clients must bring their own mask. - Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough; it is not necessary to print anything.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Via Camillo Cavour, 12
    Via Camillo Cavour, 12, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
    CIAOFLORENCE SALES OFFICE - Ciao Florence Sales Office - Via Cavour, 36 RED
    See address & details
  • 1
    Piazza San Giovanni
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Cupola del Brunelleschi
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Piazza di San Giovanni
    Piazza di San Giovanni, Firenze FI, Italy
    The tour will end on top of Cathedral secret terraces, in Piazza San Giovanni, Florence (Duomo Square)
    See address & details
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4.5
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Vicki S
4 contributions
Friends
The guide that told us about the cathedral was very interesting, telling us the symbolism of the paintings and explaining the very impressive dome painting. The view from the terraces was very impressive, and at the very top of the cathedral you could see the whole of Florence. The only thing is the steps towards the top are very steep, the last few steps to get out onto the terrace was practically a ladder. One lady on the tour with us was unable to make it to the top.
Written October 7, 2020
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Gary
San Diego, CA1 contribution
Tour guide was nice but historical information was not compelling,
Terrace view and frescoes were great, but also lacked background. Group size of 19 is too large.
Take the extra time to visit the Duomo Museum
Written June 4, 2022
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Katie Schramm
3 contributions
We enjoyed the walk and our guide was very knowledgeable. The audio system cut out a bit as we were walking through the Duomo so I missed some of her explanations. She was showing some history and pictures on an iPad and it would have been nice to get that link to research more or see closer up on my phone.
Written July 1, 2022
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rosebyanyothername
Norfolk9 contributions
Couples
Had a wonderful time views exceptional tour guide very knowledgable . Well worth a visit although all those steps nearly did not make it to the top but with a few stops along the way we made it right to the very top of the dome which had breathtaking views. Coming down was a tight squeeze in some parts. That was the only part of the tour which I did not enjoy as people would not let you pass otherwise a wonderful day.
Written February 22, 2020
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I3177SSthomasc
Edinburgh, UK10 contributions
Any visitor to Florence must experience the Duomo at least once. However it is very busy and advanced purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. The climb up the Duomo is not recommended for anyone with even the slightest of medical conditions as it quite simpl y breathtaking !!
Written September 4, 2019
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Dear customer Many thanks for your feedback, that spot in Florence is really unique and the view just takes the breathe away! Absolutely true that it is highly recommended to take the tour, this being the only way to enter quickly and also have access to the amazing terrace! Best Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
Written September 5, 2019
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dangiapedia
Milan, Italy333 contributions
Visiting the Duomo with a guide is a complete different experience than doing by yourself; you will hear about the history and art inside the cathedral before going up to the terrace which is really unique. Then you can climb up and see the Brunelleschi’s Dome and going up, up, up to admire a breathtaking view all over Florence! A must do especially with this tour as you’ll skip all the queue.
Written March 17, 2019
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Hello Thanks for your sweet words, that makes us extremely happy to know how much you have enjoyed the tour! We hope to meet you again in the future! Best Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
Written April 2, 2019
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jmillyo19
15 contributions
The Duomo complex is full of history and gorgeous sights. The underground section is amazing to see the levels of history that occurred at this same sight. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The terrace has a beautiful view that only the group can access, but is not for someone who cannot do a lot of stairs, tight spaces or cannot do heights. Would highly recommend!
Written September 23, 2019
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Freedom41697695005
Dear customer We thank you very much for your beautiful comment, that makes us so happy to know how much happy we made you in our turn! Make sure to come back in the future, you don't want to miss our other gorgeous activities :) Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
Written September 24, 2019
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elisaND00
New York City, NY89 contributions
Of course, getting to skip the line is a huge plus, in addition to the rich background you gain from a very knowledgeable tour guide on the history of the Duomo and the Cathedral, including architecture, art and culture. You walk through the facade on the outside and then into the Cathedral, learning about all aspects of the building, including of course the feat of engineering of the Duomo. The highlight is likely the unique access you're given only through a tour to the northern terrace up 153 stairs for a stunning view of Florence below and much closer to the Duomo above. You can choose to continue on to the top of the Duomo after the tour concludes if you choose to.
Written September 20, 2019
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bluedfan
Corpus Christi, TX49 contributions
On the day of our tour we had plenty of time to meet the guide but was mistakenly at the wrong meeting spot and then since we had not used the phone internationally we didn't understand how to make the call. Finally we found some help from the duomo staff and they made a phone call to inquire about the meeting place yet we were 20 miniutes late by that time so we missed the tour. The location on the voucher had written first Piazza di San Giovanni 7. So we waited at a location with that number. When we read the voucher later the last listing was Piazza San Giovanni 7 (Duomo complex ticket office) Why wasn't that the only lising, maybe we would not made the mistake. I asked the represenative from Ciaflorence if we could catch the tour but was told we missed it and there would be no refund. Yes it was our fault that we missed the connection because we didn't understand but not giving any kind of refund will make me not ever use this company again. Our missed tour was June 7 2019.
Written September 13, 2019
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Dear customer It goes without saying that we are very sorry that you missed the tour. As you have noticed the specific address is written in the voucher you receive at the moment you book and if you find the place ahead of time you help yourself much better... However, the company has a cancellation policy according to which there is no refund for the no show clients because the company has already covered all the costs for you, even if you did not take part to the tour. That is exactly what happens with flights/ train tickets... Sorry. Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
Written October 26, 2019
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Katelyn V
Dallas, TX8 contributions
This tour was amazing! Our tour consisted of access right into the Duomo (skipped a HUGE line), saw the museum/basement, and then special access to parts of the Duomo the public doesn't get to see with basic access. It is a lot of walking and a LOT of steps, but you will not get the appropriate appreciation for the Duomo without taking a tour like this. The views of Florence from the top of the Duomo are amongst my favorite from our whole trip of Italy. The guide was great and her energy and love for the Duomo showed as she showed us around. The ONLY way you should see the Duomo!
Written August 31, 2019
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Dear Thank you so much for your beautiful comment, we appreciate that a lot. It is absolutely true that the view from up there is unique and makes your trip unforgettable. Wishing you all the best Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
Written September 5, 2019
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